East Penn Playground holds fishing contest
R.J. Fahringer landed a 14-inch fish during the East Penn contest.
The sixth annual fishing contest held by the East Penn Playground committee took place May 19.
A football-field length of Lizard Creek had been fenced and stocked with 120 fish from the Sand Spring Trout Hatchery, Jim Thorpe. They ranged from 14 to 20 inches in length.
All benefits from the contest go to benefiting the playground.
"It's all just for the kids so they have a nice place to come," said Mark Michlovsky, who has been a member of the Playground committee since the days of hayrides. "It's all about the kids getting them outdoors and around the water."
Cofounders of the committee are Loretta and Norman Smith and Nate Scherer. Michlovsky said they have put a lot of time in it.
Prize donations were received from Bucks Sporting Goods, Sound Check, J.P. Willinghams, Strohl's Sanitation and Bryan Ahner Welding.
"We hope to make it bigger next year," said Michlovsky. This year there were 40 entries which was the average for the past few years.
"It's building a better community. There is nothing like a kid getting to fish to stir up enthusiasm," he said.